Thermopsis caroliniana False Lupine



Thermopsis caroliniana, also called T. villosa and "False Lupine", is a native plant of the eastern United States. Its cheery sulfur-yellow, pea-shaped blooms appear on sturdy stems from May to June.

Thermopsis caroliniana False Lupine is very similar is appearance and habit to Baptisia ("False Indigo"). It thrives in full sun and fertile, well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant once established. Mature False Lupine resents root disturbance, so site it carefully to avoid the need to transplant.

This sunny native would be very at home in cottage and pollinator gardens.


  • Common Names: False Lupine, Carolina Lupine, Blue-Ridge Buckbean
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Average
  • Height at Maturity: 48"
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Drought.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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